Subject: General Questions / General General Questions
Ethics Paper Requirements
Consider these three problems. In writing a paper about all three of them individually, identify
the consequences of the actions taken, and then determine whether the actions taken represented
a greater good, who would benefit from the good, and whether the consequences ethically justify
the decisions and actions.
1. The Mayor of a large city was given a free membership in an exclusive golf club by
people who have received several city contracts. He also accepted gifts from
organizations that have not done business with the City but might in the future. The gifts
ranged from $200 tickets to professional sports events to designer watches and jewelry.
2. A college instructor is pursuing her doctorate in night school. To gain extra time for her
own studies, she gives her students the same lectures, the same assignments, and the
same examinations semester after semester without the slightest effort to improve them.
3. Todd and Edna have been married for three years. They have had serious personal
problems. Edna is a heavy drinker, and Todd cannot keep a job. Also, they have bickered
and fought constantly since their marriage. Deciding that the way to overcome their
problems is to have a child, they stop practicing birth control, and Edna becomes
Using what you have learned from our discussions and readings up to this week, write an
answer to all three parts. How would Locke have addressed or solved the problem? Explain
how his ethics and the answer he may have given are different or the same as yours.
The paper length should be about two pages double spaced
Grading rubric ….please make sure to write paper according to this rubric. (Our teacher
grades according to this rubric so if we answer all the parts that’s been mentioned below
we will get full credit… so please make sure to cover all)
Student identifies in his/her own words in each problem the consequences of the action
Student notes in his/her own words in each problem if the decision taken created the
greater good. 6/6
Student explains in his/her own words in each problem who benefited. 6/6
Student provides in his/her own words an explanation of whether the end justifies the
means in each problem. 6/6
Student provides in his/her own words his/her own analysis of each problem and what
ethically should be done. 6/6 Student applies in his/her own words key elements of Locke’s ethical theory to show how
Locke would solve or address each problem. 10/10
Student explains in his/her own words how Locke’s ethics and the answer Locke may have
given are different or the same as the student’s. 6/6
Student uses proper APA format, spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.